October is one of the last months you can reliably get out and about to check on the exterior of your home before cold winter temperatures arrive. As you are making your autumn maintenance checks, it is important that you keep an eye on your sump pump system. While most home owners only think about their sump pump during the rainy spring season, the fall is actually the best time to diagnose any potential problems.
Here is a quick list of to-do items that you should assure do not go unnoticed this year.
Check the age.
If your sump pump is more than 7 years old, you are running the risk of damage. Sump pumps do a lot of work for your home, which means their life is typically less than ten years. If you are approaching seven years with the same sump pump, give us a call to talk about a possible replacement plan.
Check the sounds.
Is your sump pump making some questionable noises? This could be an indication that the end is near. Listen for strange vibrations, squeaking, or other new sounds and give us a call for an inspection.
Check the pipes.
While you are outside examining your home before winter, take time to look at where your sump pump empties water it collects. Assure that the pipes are not clogged with leaves or other debris, and that the outside area is an appropriate one for pumped water. For example, a sump pump that pushes water to your driveway may not be ideal for cold temperatures that could turn your driveway into an ice skating rink. If you are unsure how your sump pump system is working, give us a call to talk about it.
Your sump pump is a vital part of your home’s flood prevention plan during all seasons, including water. Our area has heavy snowfall and melting ice that can make flooding during the wintertime more than likely. Don’t wait until the spring to determine that you may need a sump pump replacement. Take care of it now, with our help.